[Ads-l] Puzzles from today's NYTimes: rapacious & endemically; also, skitching

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 15 07:33:38 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 8:52 PM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:

> "Skitching" in reference to a skateboard activity is, presumably, derived
> from the use of the term, in an analogous sense, for being towed by an
> automobile on an icy street--one sliding on the soles of his shoes--often
> without the permission or knowledge of the driver.

Once, when my car was stuck in the snow in Boston, some passing white kids
offered to try to push me out. They were successful and, as I was pulling
away, I saw in the rearview mirror that the boys were holding on to the
rear of the car, so that I was pulling them along. Turn-about being fair
play, I stayed under 15 mph, until they got bored and let go.

I was unaware that this was not a spontaneous, nonce activity, but a
"thing" that even had a name.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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